John Jennings is Professor, Media and Cultural Studies, University of California, Riverside. His work centers around intersectional narratives regarding identity politics and popular media. Jennings is co-editor of the Eisner Award-winning essay collection The Blacker the Ink: Constructions of Black Identity in Comics and Sequential Art and co-founder/organizer of The Schomburg Center's Black Comic Book Festival in Harlem. He is co-founder and organizer of the MLK NorCal's Black Comix Arts Festival in San Francisco and also SOL-CON: The Brown and Black Comix Expo at the Ohio State University. Jennings sits on the editorial advisory boards for The Black Scholar and the new Ohio State Press imprint New Suns: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Speculative.
We talk to John about his 2 latest books co-written with Damian Duffy. A Graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler’s Kindred: “Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation” Which was an instant NY Times Best Seller and “BLACK COMIX RETURNS" - African American Comic Art & Culture” - A collection of art and essays showcasing the best African American artists in today’s vibrant comic book culture.
We also talk to Director of Pastoralist Information and Development Organization Martha Ntoipo from Arusha, Tanzania
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